(=por causa de que) + indic because
no pudo ir porque estaba enferma she couldn't go because she was ill
¿por qué no contestas? --porque no me da la gana "why don't you answer?" -- "because I don't feel like it"
--¿por qué te vas? --porque sí "why are you going?" -- "just because"
--¿por qué no puedo ir? --porque no "why can't I go?" -- "just because"
(=para que) + subjun so that, in order that elevó la voz porque todos pudieran oírlo he raised his voice so that everyone could hear him o in order that everyone might hear him recemos porque vuelvan let us pray that they may return
(=motivo) reason ( de for)
me gustaría saber el porqué de su actitud I'd like to know the reason for her attitude
no me interesan los porqués I'm not interested in the whys and wherefores
el porqué de la revolución the causes of the revolution
tiene mucho porqué he's got plenty of the ready *
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